Friday, November 12, 2010

Shop Til You Drop ~

I can hang with the best of 'em (shoppers, that is). At least until my knees ache and my back protests. So yesterday, my sister Lou Ellen and I decided to conquer the mountain and go to the opening day of the Nutcracker Marketplace...Houston's version of running with the bulls! It was crazy. It was fun. It was the wild west. It was So Very Texas!!

They sold gorgeous, pearls, pewter, pashimas, leather, boots, quilts, vintage jackets, personalized gifts, and of course, food. Dips, soups, sauces, nuts, the special Donne Di Domani spaghetti sauce, and more. The most popular vendor was the massive and magnificent Christmas decor by Paul Michael. Women were seen pushing and dragging boxes big enough for kitchen appliances, filled with sparkly things to decorate for the holidays. We didn't bring a camera but I found these shots online. :)

Here's a slideshow: (at least while the link works)

If you go, just remember:

1) You will get bumped. You will get poked. You may drop something. You may lose something. Embrace the danger. Walk on the wild side. Whistle past the graveyard. It'll do you good.

2) Wear comfy shoes. We did. We were glad.

3) Get ready to be friendly. Because it's not a party unless you talk to everyone around you. In case you missed the memo, Lou Ellen and I are talkers. You know...just so we can fit in!!

4) When you pay $5 for a diet coke, it's OK, it's for a good cause, to benefit The Houston Ballet. Barbara Bush cut the ribbon for the opening. If it's good enough for Bar, it's good enough for me.

5) Be glad you were born a woman. This is your destiny. This and childbirth. But this is more fun. ;)

See ya' next year!


Lindsay and Mike said...

So fun! I love things like this! Here in Utah, we have Swiss Days up in a little mountain town called Midway. It reminds me a lot of this! Tons of vendors, oodles of fun beautiful things to buy, and a gazillion people trying to buy all of it! I love it!!!

Lou Ellen said...

1. In the cause of full disclosure - I am the one who dropped my precious spaghetti sauce. It wasn't a pretty picture. Luckily, the Italian Catholic women are charitable. And forgiving.

2. Among our new BFF's - Houston's long-time and charming best female DJ, the veteren 3-generation group at our lunch table with all the hints for a happy day, the woman who seemed to be dead at our late afternoon table but was only asleep, hometown millionaire-next-door in a Target tee...and they aren't our best friends, but let's not forget the duo I totally suspected of shoplifting!

3. I already am making notes for next year...I WILL have a dipped apple, we MIGHT valet park, I WILL NOT buy anything heavy at the very beginning of the day, I WILL eat a late breakfast, and I will NOT carry around an umbrella no matter what.

4. It was a great day Sister!

Susan said...

Next year we are SO gonna be experts!!

Melanie said...

Looks like a wonderful market! We use to go to one when we lived in Jacksonville and it was crowded!

Thanks for stopping by Southern Comfort in a Northern Life:)